The Boondock Saints (1999)

Movie Title: The Boondock Saints

Year Released: 1999

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 50min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Director: Troy Duffy

Writer: Troy Duffy

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly, Bob Marley, David Ferry, Brian Mahoney, Richard Fitzpatrick, Carlo Rota, Ron Jeremy

Review: Tired of the crime overrunning the streets of Boston, Irish Catholic twin brothers Conner (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) are inspired by their faith to cleanse their hometown of evil with their own brand of zealous vigilante justice. As they hunt down and kill one notorious gangster after another, they become controversial folk heroes in the community. But Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), an eccentric FBI agent, is fast closing in on their blood-soaked trail.

The Boondock Saints is the quintessential cult film, revered by fans, but absolutely hated by the majority of critics. This movie is unabashedly silly, but to say it doesn't carry any entertainment value is simply a poor opinion. Littered with a cast of zany characters, incredible action sequences, and a perfect compliment of humor, this film is the ideal way to waste a couple of hours. Willem Dafoe as FBI agent, Paul Smecker, is one of the film's most memorable characters. He's basically conflicted with everything going on around him whether it's his increasing affirmation of the Saints' motivations, or his own sexuality. To say that Smecker is odd is quite the understatement. Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery are also great as two hilariously badass brothers.

The Boondock Saints in all of it's bloody, brutal, and outlandish scenes, is the epitome of pure chaos. At then end of the day, director Troy Duffy is able to control that chaos and deliver an incredibly entertaining film that action lovers will be sure to watch time and time again!

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Fun Fact: The church where Conner and Murphy attend mass is Church of the Covenant. It is actually not a Catholic church, but a Lutheran one. No Catholic churches in the area would allow filming in their sanctuaries due to their objections to the plot of the movie.


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